homemade protein powder (it’s cheap! it’s easy!)

protein powder smoothie

I have a love/hate relationship with protein powder. I love that it helps make my daily smoothie more filling and meal-like. I love that it’s a quick and easy way to get a nice dose of the recovery-helping macronutrient after a hard workout.

But I hate the price. And I, more often than not, hate the ingredient list. There are definitely more natural protein powders out there, but the price is just so restrictively high! And the rare times I found a natural protein powder that wasn’t exorbitantly expensive, it was exorbitantly gritty, earthy, and generally not delicious.

We recently ran out of our giant tub of protein powder, and I’ve been meaning to buy another one. But every time I’ve gone grocery shopping, I’ve landed in the protein powder aisle, taken one look at the prices and turned my shopping cart right around. I have a seriously hard time justifying $20+ for some powder.

protein powder

But then it hit me, hey, I have stuff that has protein in it in my pantry. And I have a coffee grinder that does a dang good job of turning things into powder. So, uh, why not? So I did.

protein powder

It took a little bit of experimentation to get something that didn’t overwhelm other flavors in smoothies. At first, I tried just straight ground dried lentils. Tons of protein, yes, but also tons of lentil-y flavor. Not recommended, unless you are one of those people who thinks a peanut butter-banana-lentil smoothie sounds delicious. So then I started to think about ways to cut the lentil flavor, but still add protein—enter steel cut oats and brown rice.

protein powder lentils, grains

Both the steel cut oats and the brown rice have protein, but more importantly in this little concoction they are pretty flavorless, which helps cut back on the earthy flavor of the lentils. I worked a little bit on the ratio, and soon enough, I had a nice protein-packed powder that just was pretty much flavorless in a smoothie. Win!

Want to make your own? Here’s the break down:

  • 1/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup dried green lentils

I mixed all of that up in a bowl, and then ground it in my coffee grinder about 1/3 cup at a time (just because my grinder is small) until it was a very fine powder. I ended up with just shy of two cups total of protein powder.

protein powder

The nutritional info isn’t quite as high in protein as your standard off-the-shelf protein powder, but it’s still pretty amazing, especially considering the low price tag and the low number of ingredients. Because of the carb-y nature of the oats and rice, it’s higher in carbs that store-bought powder, too, but I’m a big fan of whole grain, natural carbs, so I’m good with it! And, of course, you can play with the ratios to up the protein even more (more lentils) and reduce the carbs (less steel cut oats and rice).  You could also try other protein-tastic add-ins, like dried soybeans or dired black beans. I just always have lentils kicking around, so it was a good fit for our lifestyle.

Here’s the comparision between my homemade protein powder and my typical off-the-shelf protein powder.

Homemade Protein Powder (per 1/4 cup of powder)

  • 130 calories
  • 8g protein
  • 1g fat
  • 24g carbs

Ingredients: Lentils, Brown Rice, Steel Cut Oats

Store-Bought Protein Powder  (per 1/4 cup of powder)

  • 80 calories
  • 14g protein
  • 0g fat
  • 5g carbs

Ingredients: Proprietary non-GMO protein blend (rice protein, pea protein and soy [isolated soy protein and fermented soy]), di-calcium phosphate, FOS (fructooligosaccharides), curcumin (natural color), banana flavor, potassium citrate, guar gum, magnesium oxide, psyllium, natural vanilla flavor, oat bran, microcrystalline cellulose, spirulina, vitamin C, vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), choline bitartrate, inositol, apple pectin, bee pollen, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, ferrous fumarate, calcium pantothenate, lecithin, lemon bioflavonoids, papaya, bromelain, chlorophyll, pyridoxine HCl, riboflavin, thiamine HCl, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, chromium chloride, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate

smoothie protein powder

I know what some of you are saying—but I don’t have a coffee grinder! Well, I think it’s worth the cash to go out and buy one. My coffee grinder was a whopping $10 at Target a few years ago. A $10 coffee grinder, $1 bag of lentils, $1 bag of brown rice and $2 worth of steel cut oats will make you much more than $14 worth of all-natural, plant-based, vegan protein powder.

protein powder

I’m a unflavored, unsweetened protein powder kind of girl, but I know that sometimes it can be really fun to mix it up with fun flavors, so I spent a little time creating four different flavor variations on the powder.

protein powder

Variations

  • Cappuccino: For each 1/3 cup of lentil/rice/oats mixture you blend in the coffee grinder, throw in 1 tablespoon of whole coffee beans and blend until a fine powder. To sweeten, add desired amount of stevia or sugar.
  • Chocolate: For each 1/3 cup of lentil/rice/oats mixture you blend in the coffee grinder, throw in 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend until a fine powder. To sweeten, add desired amount of stevia or sugar.
  • Vanilla: For each 1/3 cup of lentil/rice/oats mixture you blend in the coffee grinder, add in the insides of 1/2 of a vanilla bean or slice a whole vanilla bean in half lengthwise and stash in a jar with the whole batch of protein powder to flavor continuously. To sweeten, add desired amount of stevia or sugar.
  • Pumpkin Spice: For each 1/3 cup of lentil/rice/oats mixture you blend in the coffee grinder, add in 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger and ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and ground cloves. To sweeten, add desired amount of stevia or sugar.

coffee grinder

Let me know if you guys try it out with any other ratios, flavors or ingredients! I’d love to hear what you guys come up with. Happy protein powder making!

EDIT (PLEASE READ!)—A few folks have mentioned that there are some issues with eating raw beans, lentils and rice. So please, PLEASE read up on this and make your own decision before making this protein powder. Also, this is obviously not your typical store bought protein powder (as in, it’s higher in carbs and harder to dissolve), so please keep that in mind when making and using it.

Does anyone else have a near panic-attack when they go to buy protein powder? Or am I just a cheapskate?

125 Comments

  1. says

    huh. seems so easy, straightforward and darned smart, because i’m with you and get the shivers when i go down the protein powder aisle. the cost yes, but the ingredients too. health food stores say their products are all natural, but when i can’t decipher the ingredient i get wary.

    thanks for sharing this- i wonder what just tossing the ingredients (per smoothie) right into the high speed blender will do?

    cheers!

    • says

      Genius idea Cassie! I love it and can’t wait to try this on my own. I have never actually purchased protein powder, because of the same reasons you mentioned: cost, and especially the long list of ingredients I’m not so familiar with. Plus there is such a broad selection, it’s like “should I read the back of each of these tubs and then decide the least of the evils?” lol … anyway I will definitely be experimenting with this and will keep you updated on what I find.

      Deirdre – I’m sure you could add the ingredients per serving straight into the smoothie as well. I’m just thinking it may be best to run the dry beans, rice through the blender alone first so they will grind up nicely before adding in all of your fruit and things.

      Great job again Cassie, thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Interesting! My husband and I love us some protein shakes, so I am going to send him a link to this as he loves to make stuff from scratch, too! Thanks!

  3. Shelley says

    I love this. I’ve never bought protein powder because I’ve always been slightly afraid of the ingredients and you are right, the prices are ridiculous. Can’t wait to make my own!

  4. says

    This is genius! Thank you thank you thank you for doing this! I was just going to buy some organic plant based blah blah protein powder on vitacost…but I like this option better. Love it.

    • aadey says

      it causes stomach problem as everything is raw and not digested properly eventhough in powdered form

      • iman bek says

        You can oven roast these same items as the Korean Markets do and grind them to make this very item for breakfast

  5. says

    I am so excited! I have been looking for something to make my morning smoothies a little more substantial since I get super hungry only after a few hours. I’ve tried a few protein powders and I like them, but I’m too budget-conscious (and try to stick to whole foods more often than not) to use them for the long-term. I can’t wait to try this – thank you!

  6. says

    Wow, you are SO SMART! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try, I also have a heart attack every time I have to buy it. Whenever we run out, we’re out for a few weeks because every time I visit the aisle, I turn my cart right back around and think, next time…

  7. says

    I definitely have a minor panic attack when I give up my credit card to the cashier at the health food store. I usually spend about $50 on 1-2 months’ worth of protein powder.
    But at 130 calories its 28g of protein (almost 90%) which is pretty tough to get in a lot of my normal foods.

  8. Andrea says

    Ahhhh! Thank you a million times for this post! I can’t tell you my indecisiveness when it has come to protein powders! The ingredients, the price, the mystery of whether $20 protein powder will even taste good etc. etc. It doesn’t help that the majority of health blogs out there always rave about boosting protein content in shakes and baked goods and I think, “oh, that would be awesome” but then I’m back at square one staring at the weird ingredients that I can’t pronounce or scanning some random website for prices on a pea protein mix that “promises” to be “all natural”. I will take your version of protein powder over the shelf one any day! Besides, the body can only absorb so much protein in one sitting right? AND

  9. says

    Nope you are not alone! I think I would make more smoothies if I would be willing to buy protein powder, but I’m not! Too expensive, too much sugar, bad flavor, gritty, too many ingredients. You have nixed all those complaints!

  10. says

    Absolutely GENIUS! And I love all the different flavor combos! I can’t believe in all my years of protein powder buying that I never once thought to try making it myself!! It really is horrendous what all they put into powders sometimes! And of course, the “cleaner” it is, the more EXPENSIVE it is!! Oy!

  11. Amanda says

    Super interesting and so Awesome…i won’t buy my protein powder anymore, i will MAKE my own!!! Thanks so much for sharing…..!!!! <3

  12. Kim says

    I really like this idea. I wonder if you could add egg white powder to it. Would that maybe boost the protein without adding carbs?

    • Cassie says

      Ooh! Good idea! I have some stashed in the pantry, I’ll try adding it next time and see what it does!

      • Tina says

        I made some of this tonight. I added soy beans and 100% coco. Only problem is it didn’t turn into a fine powder and is kind of grainy. What can I do to help with this

      • Tina says

        I made some of this tonight. I added soy beans and 100% coco. Only problem is it didn’t turn into a fine powder and is kind of grainy. What can I do to help with this

  13. Bobbie Murphy says

    I think I would add peanut butter for more protein, & cocoa powder for flavor. Thank you , for this recipe. We can change things around & save money, while adding protein. What about sunflower nuts & blueberries! Wonderful, ty!

  14. Kadi says

    Is this correct? Here’s the comparision between my homemade protein powder and my typical off-the-shelf protein powder. Your blend has so much more calories, less protein & more carbs.

    • Cassie says

      I did the math twice, but maybe I did it wrong! It doesn’t seem too far off to me though, the oats and rice definitely add calories and carbs.

  15. Deeann says

    Thank you so much, this is exciting. I have never been able to use protein powders because they make me feel nausious… morning sick type nausious. I’ve tried all kinds- whey, egg, soy, etc all of them are the same… maybe it is some of the unknowns that are included in store bought powders or maybe it is the fancy high protein whey or soy etc… I don’t know, but it sure would be nice if this works for me.

    • Jo says

      Just wanted to tell you problem.. I have what they call food sensitivities to whey, egg and I have celiac disease. I personally have to purchase through a naturopath my protein which is a rice based and pea isolate. I can eat a little bit of oats too., your nausea may be actually your body saying its too sensitive to the foods you are eating.. It’s similar to an allergic response.

  16. says

    Hi, I do have one question – is this ‘easy’ on the stomach? My friend was wondering if it’s tough to digest because it’s all raw. Thanks!

    • Cassie says

      I haven’t had any problems with it, but then again, I don’t have any problems with digesting thing, so I’m probably not a good tester. :)

    • Cassie says

      Hmmm, an interesting thought, for sure! That article is a bit misleading (like the Pica section, since Pica is definitely not caused by eating raw rice), but if you read the source articles, there is one that seems to have more information—the one on lectin is particularly interesting. I tend to be one of those people who isn’t too skittish when it comes to bugs and bacteria, so I’ll probably keep on keepin’ on, but if you’re worried, you could easily sub in just more steel cut oats, regular oats or other grains. Thanks for the info!

  17. Sara says

    This is brilliant, and I really appreciate it as a raw foodie who loves to work out and hates to shell out for protein; and I also feel weird about a “whole foods” diet that includes super processed protein powder. So, anyway, besides wanting to say thank you, I wanted to suggest sprouting the ingredients first. I’m going to try this with sprouted lentils and mung beans – maybe sprouted rice too. Quinoa? What else is high protein that I can sprout?

    • Cassie says

      Do you dry out your sprouts after you’ve…well…sprouted them? I haven’t tried this! I always eat my sprouts “wet”.

      • Sara says

        Yes, I would sprout them and then dehydrate them and then grind them. It sounds like a lot of work but sprouting and dehydrating are completely hands off, so it just takes a few days. According to some sources (I’m not a scientist) sprouting increases the protein content of food and decreases the overall caloric intake because the little sprout has to expend energy to . . . well, sprout.

  18. Gem says

    What about phytates? back when I was vegan, belly problems were an issue. You need to soak grains and legumes to stop them causing mineral leeching and poo/belly probs. Still doable though.

  19. says

    I’m sorry but this is NOT protein powder. Please stop being so misleading.

    Protein powder is created when the proteins are extracted from those items – whey, oats, peas, eggs, etc. It is NOT just ground up items that happen to have protein in them.

    A true protein powder will be almost 100% protein – it’ll have approximately 20-24g of protein per 120 calories.

    There are plenty of places where you can buy 100% natural protein w/out fillers and sweeteners. True Protein is where I get mine, but there are many others as well.

    • Cassie says

      My apologies! I never meant to be misleading. I tried to make it pretty clear that this isn’t exactly the same as buying protein powder off-the-shelf. Glad you’ve found a protein powder that works for you!

  20. Mz.Freeze says

    I like this as a concept and base recipe, I also like the sprouting idea.Where did you get your protein measurement? I wonder about comparative legumes (soy, chickpea, etc…) and would like to try to raise the protein and lower the carb content and play with it to see what happens. Love it, thanks!

  21. Stacey says

    Thanks for this! I’m also a PPP ( Protein Powder Procrastinator) so this might help :)

  22. Barbara says

    Thank you so much!!! I am going to try this out! I have been looking for something that is slightly higher in calories, and not so high in protein, but something I can quickly drink after a workout. Thanks for adding in the flavor combos as well!! Will be picking up steel oats tomorrow… unless quick oats will work???

      • larry says

        Well I gave it a shot and did a 1:4 ratio powder to skim milk. Since skim milk is so light in flavor, I could still taste some lentil. I’ll probably have to add some cocoa powder or push it in to something stronger in flavor. Very cool, regardless. Thanks!

  23. says

    Lentils should NOT be eaten raw :(
    Raw lentils are hard do digest and can cause abdominal pain + they contain “anti-nutrients” which interefere with the absorption of nutrients – meaning that they prevent your body from obtaining and using the nutrients from the other components in your meal. A contradicting effect undesirable :(

    Furthermore, rice contains lectin – a protein that serves as a natural insecticide (with a strong affinity for carbohydrates) and can lead to vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Lectin needs to be cooked to be rendered harmless.

    The bacillus cereus is also found in uncooked rice products. The emetic strain of Bacillus cereus produces a toxin called cereulide which can cause vomiting and nausea.
    The talking gets quite technical now, but I how you get the point.

    I study Nutrition & Health and we learn this in our studies.

    You ment no harm in sharing this recipe/tip, that’s clear to all of us, and I do not hope my talking made you not wanting to share tips and recipes in the future.

    I just hope, that people are now aware of what can happen when eating raw lentils and raw rice.

    Hugs
    Frida

  24. says

    I love this idea. I’ll still continue to use Whey Isolate, but I’ll use less
    and maybe trying something else in place of rice and lentils, (maybe). This
    article does hit onto something we all can do ourselves in very little time
    using a simple coffee bean grinder. Thanks!

  25. rahul says

    i also make a protein powder at home.
    Ingredients:
    1. soyabean powder
    2. black chickpea powder
    3. cocoa powder
    4. shugr
    i feel good results. anyone tell me that is this unsafe? if yes give the resion. thanks in advance

    • emerson says

      Hi there, Could you please let me know how much of it ingredients you need to make the protein.
      Thanks you,
      Emerson Santos

  26. says

    I love the idea! I’m just not so sure if I’d include the rice. I regularly consume rice so I may just skip that ingredient. Would there be a significant change in the taste if I omit rice?

    • Cassie says

      The rice helps “water” down the overpowering flavor of the lentils, but if you don’t mind that taste, I say go for it! :)

  27. RK says

    Well Done cassie,Great job
    I myself make my own protein shake and it did really worked for me but slightly a different way of urs, Before grinding them just heat these ingredients on pan for few minutes so that they turn a lil brown amd then cool them and then grind them, they will be finely powdered , also u can add soya beans, green lentil, Horse gram, nuts, peanuts, almonds,watermelon seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, cottage cheese and then add lil bit of milk and run them in smoothie for a great protein shake, it did worked for me and for taste u can add a lil chocolate syrup , and trust me it is really safe.It was taught to me by my trainer in my college days n since then i am on it. Its tried, tested and safe!!!

  28. Kakijade says

    I’d definitely rather pay $20 for a 2 lb. tub (Amazon is a great place to find any of them. I never buy them from a store) that has been prepared knowing exactly how and what to do….and look @ all those carbs! Definite no no for me as a new bariatric patient. If you’re that cheap and can afford to possibly gain weight drinking this, go for it. Good luck!

    • Diana says

      Wow, Kakijade, that was a bit rude. All she did was share what she is doing at home WITH the calorie count. There’s nothing wrong at all with being on a budget and/or frugal.

      Given the concerns some have posted about the use of the raw rice and lentils, I’m wondering about cooking rice then dehydrating it and doing the same for the lentils. Might take a bit more time but would presumably eliminate the concerns about eating those two items raw. I’ll have to track down a couple of ‘fruit leather’ inserts for my dehydrator to try that though.

    • furrrrball says

      Sis, what a horrible comment to make. I assume you know more and better and have degrees in everything. You can apologize to Cassie

  29. greg says

    hey guys I saw the protein mix and i liked but what if you add some peanut in it that are great protein source?will it be a bit too much?

  30. paulson says

    It’s not a protein powder, that would mean you had a method to extract the protein from the ingredients. all this is is ground lentils oats and rice.

  31. Chrissie says

    Applaud you Cassie for sharing & taking the negative comments with grace. Ran across this link while searching for a new powder to purchase. Plan to share w/both of my sisters who are vegetarians( sp).

  32. Jacinthe says

    Gluten free flours are grounded rice ,oat, chick pea these are raw and if you have a high speed blender you can make your own. This is used every day by gluten free people. How can it be so bad if they use it and are sold in all the stores .And yes if you look at the labels on protein powder some stuff you can not pronounce. So yes the price makes it one reason not to buy but knowing what you put in the product is reassuring.

  33. Skye Milo says

    For those concerned with the bacteria and/or digestion issues associated with eating ‘raw’ rice and beans, this might be an option:

    1. Boil the rice and beans for about 2 minutes. Just bring a pan with water to a boil, slowly add the rice and/or beans, wait until it starts boiling again and then cook for about 2 mins. This should keep the food ‘raw’ enough in order to grind it but kill off any bacteria as well as make the food easier to digest. Pour off the water (you could save it and use it as a base for soup though) and then either spread it out and air dry the stuff or put it in a hot oven for several minutes. If you do this with a fair amount of rice/beans you will end up with enough powder for several batches. Excess amounts can be placed in freezer bags and just put in the freezer for future use, either before or after grinding.

    2. Add a scoop of (lactobacillus) acidophilus powder. You can buy it at health stores and it’s a fantastic aid for both digestion and maintaining a healthy intestinal flora. I use it whenever any of us needs antibiotics (which are known to destroy healthy bacteria in your gut) or add it to shakes etc to generally build up the immune system.

    Hope this is helpful :-)

    Skye

  34. Mary says

    Cassie, I commend you for figuring this out but think I’m going to take it a step further; try soaking the rice, lentils, or chickpeas for 8 to 10 hours then dehydrate them until they are dry before grinding them up. Not positive but think this will help with undesirable effects making it easier to digest. Even if you do not appear to be having any trouble with digesting it could still have some long term effects. Also there is some organic lentils that have been sprouted and dried and would be ready to use. Have seen them in whole foods and costco. Please keep up the good work. Love your idea.

  35. says

    I love protein shakes but like you, I do not like the high prices and all of the extra ingredients. I never thought about making my own protein powder until I read your post. I think I will give it it a try! Thank you!

  36. lynn says

    i want to make my own protein powder too!

    i agree with what some folks (and teh author to an extent) are saying..this recipe is more ‘carb powder’ than protein :-(

    i also had concerns about digestibility and wondered about soaking and dehydrating.

    but let’s keep trying! there must be a better way (whey!)!

    • Theresa says

      I’m glad I found this blog because I’ve just returned two containers of protein powder to Whole Foods because I found out the ingredients (brown rice) is sourced from China.
      I love the idea of making my own protein powder, but I am concerned about digesting it. Also, how do these companies get the carb count so low? Thank you. :)

      • Todd says

        I believe that they get the carb count lower is because protein is usually a by product of processing (ex. whey protein from milk etc.) also the natural sugars in plant based foods provide the carbs, so since this is a fully plant based protein that hasn’t been isolated i believe that is why it’s higher in carbs! (don’t quote me on it, just a thought)

      • Rajaram says

        Did you finally make the protein powder at home? I did and found that the darn powder does not dissolve in milk or water or whatever other liquid I use. I don’t know how the protein powder makers manage to get their powder to dissolve. I have no choice but to throw away the powder I made and buy some low carb low fat stuff from Now Foods.

  37. says

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this! I am going to try this tomorrow. I have been searching for something to use in place of store bought protein powder! I can’t wait to try this for myself and on one of my clients!

  38. Elliot Spitz says

    Please, is there a way to mix this? I put a couple spoonsfuls in whole milk and it all sank to the bottom!

    • Cassie says

      Hi, Elliot! I’ve never used it in just milk, so I don’t know. I doubt it though, it won’t dissolve like regular protein powder.

      • Christine says

        Use a blender and mix it in (approx. 2 Tbsp.) with smoothie ingredients.

        1/2 C. Skim Milk
        1 container of Yogurt (strawberry or vanilla)
        Fresh or Frozen Strawberries about one cup
        I like to add vanilla frozen yogurt sometimes. About 1/2 cup will do.

        That’s what I would do.

  39. Mike says

    I made your recipe and added it to my bolt house in the a.m. So far so good. I think I am going to go lentil crazy next time. Need more protein.
    Thanks

    • Keeks says

      When you cook the lentils it drops the protein form 50g to 18g… you can soak them and then leave them on a towel to dry again and then grind them however lentil typically don’t need soaking or cooking if you’re going to grind them

  40. Evan says

    what kind of store-bought powder are you using that’s 14g per 1/4 cup? Optimum Nutrition “Gold Standard” has 25g per serving (which is less than 1/4 cup)

  41. msdimples65@gmail.com says

    Rice powder makes a good protein base and has the Omegas’ i.e. protein. I have tossed in cooked / canned beans for added protein;whatever needs used and add the real dark cocoa along with almond milk, or kale or other greens etc. I have used purchased protein powder but the price has gone sky high. The 5# tub is over $55 bucks. I’ve considered mixing some brown rice powder (Organic) in with the purchased protein powder to extend it. Has anyone tried this? How did it work out?

    Missy

  42. Hans says

    You definitely need to cook the lentils first, and also soak them before you cook them because lentils contain a chemical that inhibits protein absorption. Soaking them gets rid of it.
    I’d recommend cooking all the grains (I use my rice cooker for lentils too). Then spread them on a cookie sheet. They can dry out fairly quickly. Or put them in the oven at low temp for awhile.

    • Joanne Tinder says

      Wouldn’t soaking them be enough? Doesn’t cooking them dimish the nutrients? I want to do this with brown rice and yellow split peas and thought I would just soak them, dry them and grind.

    • Zahid says

      Hi.

      I agree with your suggestion. Did you try cooking the ingredients before hand? Did it work for you? I just need to know whether you got your desired results.

      Thanks :)

  43. king says

    Thanks for providing a cheap solution ,making our own home made Protein powder!!
    But still I am bit confused regarding ,is this protein powder will dissolve in water/milk or not .If it do,Still it will spread small food particles in drink ,which might be hard to digest easily. For me ,chance of getting diarrhea..:)

  44. Rawallison says

    I love that you took it upon yourself to try something new, but I wish more bloggers would couch these types of articles strictly in terms of experimentation. Judging from the responses and those I see in other raw/health blogs, many readers tend to see bloggers as experts even when we’re no different from the general, lay public. By saying in the beginning that we have no dietary/ nutritional expertise to back up our experimentation and by including our own research in our posts, our articles can let people see themselves as part of the experiment rather than encourage them to simply copy without being informed. I believe in DIY myself, but even with all-natural diets we can harm ourselves!

    My rule is that anything we do to whole foods that our ancient predecessors couldn’t do (coffee grinders, blenders, etc.) requires research before we promote it.

    • Laura says

      Just asking, wouldn’t using a morter and pestel, and the like to grind grains, be the same as using a coffee grinder to do the same process, just a lot quicker?

    • bart says

      A bit over the top line of thinking as far as using modern equipment, IMHO. But it yours and I can respect it.

      Laura +1

  45. Barb Slade says

    I read up on your suggestion and it didn’t say it was harmful, just that it might inhibit the absorption. I’m making this for a friend who has to GAIN weight. I love her and hate her all at the same time!! So will follow the cook and dry method. Thanks for the experiment and the blog!

  46. bradley casey says

    Hello, i was just wondering how did you find out the ratios? As i would like less fat and carbs but more protein, please may you help? Thank you

  47. Debbie says

    I am excited to try this, however, I am planning to soak my powder in some water and plain yogurt over night. The reason is that the grains are more digestible when soaked.

  48. says

    The idea and experiment itself is really interesting, however raw lentils is not advisable as there have been a number of studies showing that raw lentils have anti-nutritional factors which are mainly removed by heating them. (eg: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf00046a039 )

    If you have to eat lentils raw, you can sprout them, but a raw lentil powder seems inadvisable.

  49. Trina says

    Ok I will admit I’m a little late in the game but I have an ideal. I have noticed that their is a new craze for crystal Light. I myself enjoys Crystal Light and think this would be a great add on to the protein powder to sweeten it up. What do you guys think???? Also I looked up some coffee grinders and found some great deals at Walmart. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mr.-Coffee-Precision-Coffee-Grinder-With-Chamber-Maid-Cleaning-System-IDS77/2593964 I love the grinder ideal and will be looking forward to getting healthy thanks a bunch.

    • Joanne Tinder says

      The artificial sweeteners in Crystal Light are extremely bad for you. Even natural sugars should be used sparingly, but the artificial ones have been shown to not only cause cancer, but also make you crave even more sugar.
      You don’t really need a coffee grinder, I have a bullet type blender that works great at grinding everything from rice to flax and chia seed.

  50. Corinne says

    I was so happy to find this recipe! :) I also put this powder in my morning oatmeal it works awesome. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  51. gloria says

    I do this, but I avoid the digestion/bioavailability issues by fermenting the powder with kefir overnight, about 16 hrs. Then add water or more kefir to taste and other ingredients.

  52. Mary Beth says

    I love that you figured this out, but what with all the comments above about the dangers of eating raw lentils — and cooking the grains and drying them — it would seem to me that one might save time, energy, and money by cooking a good Indian dish with rice and lentils. It might seem odd to have such a dish in the morning, when people typically have their protein shake, but having spicy hot foods seemed to be common with Indian people that I used to eat with — and you get used to it. Or maybe cook the lentils and rice and grind it up in a food processor — and add it to the shake when cooled. I may try that. But I may have to try this powder as well. Thanks again for figuring out!

  53. A.E. Parker says

    This is incredibly creative! I believe it holds great potential for helping people who need a good, inexpensive source of protein and other nutrients found in these shakes. I’m thinking particularly of children and the elderly, people with certain nutritional challenges, and simply those fortunate ones who don’t have any weight concerns. I would LOVE to utilize these great options, but my ingestion of protein shakes (and healthy smoothies) are all focused around losing weight and keeping it off. The increased carb load alone is a deal breaker for me. Please keep up the good work and figure out a low-cal recipe! I’ll keep checking . . . : )

  54. David says

    Hej!

    I just wanted to know how could you figured out the levels of protein, fat and carbs in your home made protein shake. Great idea by the way and keep posting this kind of cool stuff! Cheers!

    • Cassie says

      Hi David, there are numerous nutrition info calculators out there online. SparkPeople at Calorie Count are two of my favorites.

  55. Sam says

    I didnt read it all. but i can see and also know my by using my mind that this kind of protein powder u make will never be same like a real protein powder when it comes to how many calories and how much protein in 100 kalories.
    You could just make a normal meal and get same amount of protein in a meal. You could even get higher protein in a normal meal and better taste by cooking a normal meal instead of making a powder out of it.
    But maybe u like drinking powder or because its easier for you to bring it with you to school or work or wherever you go.
    But if its about getting proteins and you dont want to buy a protein powder, then its better just to make a normal meal.
    I dont use protein powder right now, and i have not used it since i started in gym january last year. I have been thinking about buying it, but i prefere to eat healthy meals with protein in it.
    I think your wholde idea seems really dumb.
    I would have liked your idea if you would actually make it with same high protein as in a protein powder and same time more cheap.
    But i dont think what you do is much more cheaper than a protein powder, and much worse you might even end up eating/drinking too many calories and end up gaining too much weight because u dont really know what you are doing and it dosent seem like you really count your calories.
    And even if you count your calories, then same as i said before, then its better just to cook a normal meal and get same amount of proteins or even more and also get a better taste in a real meal than in some powder.

    • Prateek says

      why don’t u make it. She atleast made it, and her blog caught ur attention.
      So stop criticising her.
      The only thing which rules her blog is cost-effective protein, not the latest technologies.

    • says

      Sam, you are extremely arrogant in posting. Kiss ma ass, ok?!
      If you want attention DO it on your personal pc-file which no-one reads except you. She wrote maybe the best thing I’ve read in my past 50 years and at least she deserve better response, or Don’t post.

      Lady, this your own blog,
      you are extremely intelligent, those who criticize you do not have guts to do something or anything good for their own lives, and less for the others, I’ve met hundreds of them.

      Hans told you some truth about preparing, but again I classify it as taste. I eat raw food like you all my life, and I am minimum 10 times healthier and younger then others. For strength or energy we should not speak here, it’s your healthy blog-post.

      First time in my life I respect someone, and here is my contribution to you:

      Proteins sources:
      —————–
      Rice, Soaked Corn, Soaked Soy, Soaked Wheat, Grains (almonds…etc), Oat, …
      *(example some Vegetables)
      Big colored Soaked beans, Guar (cluster bean), Pea, Green salads, Spinach…
      *(example some Fruits)
      lemon, strawberries, papaya and other big fruits,…
      (…)
      Eggs
      Fish bones

      Specific Adds:
      ——————–
      Calcium, Multi-Vitamins

      Taste adds:
      ———–
      You wrote them up.

      Preparation way:
      —————-
      0. dry
      1. grinder ,
      2. fermented ,
      3. Microwave oven (low temperature few hours burn the carbs),
      4. Microwave oven (5 minutes on max temperature burn the viruses),
      5. mix them all, packed dry in dark, and in cold

      Before use,
      put milk or natural water without Cl,
      mix it than leave 1-2 hours to soften.

      Eat as much as you like, and little bit more. And stretch, sport, or move a lot.

      If I can help with anything else, write to me, you have my email in post.

      • arye says

        Absolutely wonderful comments. May I suggest:

        You can sprout beans, grains and oat groats which will make them even more valueable nutrients wise and easier on the stomach. After sprouting you then can cook them without seasoning and dehydrate them in oven, solar oven or electric dehydrater. After completely dehydrated, now you can store in mason jars. Best to remove air from jars with oxygen packet or with foodsavor. When you need to grind them, open jar and take out what you need to grind your protein powder. And problem is solved.

  56. Prateek says

    Glad that i found ur blog.
    U can add some nuts, seeds to it to make it even more better, if u r not a hard-core protein girl.
    will have to find out a coffee grinder. :)

  57. Lynsey Rost says

    I’m reading through comments and haven’t seen anyone come to a conclusion of how/what to mix this with to dissolve it. I’m looking into ways to add protein into my picky toddler’s diet without all of the additives in protein powders or nutritional drinks like pediasure. After doing research and reading the comments of others, I am avoiding the dried lentils and using oats, nuts, and quinoa as my ingredients to help make a nutritional protein packed supplement for my son. Due to his age, I need to be able to mix this into his food or drinks (masking the flavor is not an obstacle, as it actually tastes pretty good!) but I’m finding it difficult to get it to dissolve into liquid. As I mentioned, I’m dealing with a toddler, so he needs to be able to drink this mixed into liquids, through a straw cup. So far I haven’t been able to get it to dissolve enough to not clog the straw. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  58. says

    Nice work! Thank you for the post, it is very inspiring. Yes. Soaking grains and beans reduce enzyme inhibitors… But this recipe is brilliant in its simplicity and soaking and then dehydrating and then pulverizing is quite a process for one who wants to keep a ready supply of homemade protein powder on hand. Did you know you can soak flour and achieve nearly the same benefits without all the above steps? Just put the serving of powder into water; play with the ratios until you find what works for you. I like to add a teaspoon of cider vinegar and/or a probiotic capsule whenever I am soaking flours for additional benefits, but that is totally unnecessary. Soak the protein powder overnight or even better, begin the soak for the next day when you make your morning smoothie for a nice long 24 hour soak for best benefits.

    As far as the dissolving issue… This is a protein powder suited for a blended smoothie, rather than a glass of water, milk, or juice.

    Thanks again for your awesome post. I think it’s wonderful when people work so hard on a recipe and then share the process and results with others. It ignites the spark of ideas in people worldwide who can share their variations and ideas in return. Thank you for creating a vegan protein powder that started a chain of so many exciting ideas in myself and in others; I appreciate you as a resource.

  59. Khanh says

    Could you tell me the way to dissolve powder in water and how to do the powder don’t swell in hot water.

    Thank you so much!

  60. Laurie says

    A girl after my own heart! I was frustrated at not being able to find a protein powder that wasn’t made by cheap ingredients like soy isolate and tons of chemicals. I couldn’t use all the carbs like you suggested, but what works for me is hemp seeds and chia seeds in a coffee grinder. I sweeten it with raw honey and use maca and other powders to give other nutrients. I also add raw cacao. Totally delish. You can buy raw hemp in the UK where I am, but I think you can buy hemp in the USA. Full of aminos and fab fats.

    • Miro says

      Hello, i just found this recipe for homemade protein powder and it great, but i would like to try out yours Laurie, can you tell me what else do you put in except the hemp seeds, chia seeds, the maca and the sweetener. What else do you put in ?

  61. says

    Hi – I really appreciate your info on the protein powder. I decided to use oats, linseeds and pumpkin seeds. I’m not a big fan of seeds, so grinding in my blender first worked a treat and I then used this as a protein base for my smoothie. I think I put too much in as it was very thick, so I need to blend less to start with. I used about 1/4 cup of each.
    My shake also had: frozen berries, fresh blueberries (I’ve read this is a super food), a nectarine, 1/2 orange, 1/3 banana (which I didn’t need as it was very thick), a big splash of milk, 1 small yogurt, water. I don’t weigh anything, just throw it in and hope for the best. Thanks for your original post again.

    • Sonia says

      This is masoor whole (sabut). Thanks for this lovely recipe – i will definitely try but will sprout and then dehydrate …can think of adding lactobacillus for probiotics too…

  62. Kish says

    Good Article and effort. However, my point is, we go and buy Protein powder because they are concentrated Protein only (or at least 80% protein)powder. Your protein powder is just a powder form of Lentil and beans etc. So, in effect, it is like eating the Rice with the Lentil curry. So, I wonder why we go through this process of making a powder out of it.